Size: 6-foot-3, 275 pounds
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Position: Defensive Tackle
Committed: July 11, 2011
Prep Career Highlights:
Hinojosa helped lead his team to a 13-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Florida Class 6A State Championship game. He earned second-team Associated Press Class 6A All-State honors following his senior campaign. He finished his junior season with 68 tackles and 14 sacks.
Coach Tracy Claeys' Take:
"Jordan Hinojosa is a kid from Florida that we signed—tremendous motor. [He] played on a team that played in the state championship game Florida—very successful. [He's] a highly motivated kid who plays with a great pad level and a high motor. He has the strength right now and size where he'll have the opportunity to give us a few snaps this fall."
What to Like: Jordan Hinojosa is a good high school football player from one of the state's top prep programs -- Miami Central. He played last season at Archbishop Carroll High, where he finished the season with good production numbers. He had 68 tackles and 14 sacks. Hinojosa plays with a good motor and he never stops going hard. He plays with good strength and shows the ability to come off the edge and get to the quarterback. He bull rushes a lot but he also has some moves and knows how to use his hands. Athletically, he did some good things at various camps and combines this summer and that's part of the reason why he ended up getting recruited the way he did.
What may concern you: At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, he's not the biggest interior DL prospect around. He's probably outgrown the defensive end position already, which means he'll need to continue bulking up to play D-Tackle at the college level. He's had good production numbers playing small school football. Now at Miami Central, we'll get to see if he can do it at the highest prep level. That remains to be seen. He's not flashy and is more of a get-the-job-done type of player at this level.
Bottom Line: Minnesota is getting one of the top defensive tackle prospects from the Miami area. With offers from other schools like West Virginia, Wake Forest, and Michigan State, Hinojosa was recruited like a low end three-star prospect. This has to be considered another quality pickup for the Gophers in South Florida.